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Some of you know of, or perhaps receive, Production Machining (PM) magazine. From Modern Machine Shop’s publisher, Gardner Business Media (GBM), this sister publication launched in January 2001 and focuses on equipment, technology and processes used in the precision-machined parts industry, particularly CNC turning. Some of you also know about the biennial Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) that presents new ideas to that industry as well as the Precision Machined Parts Association (PMPA) that aims to assist member shops to better serve the industry.

There have been some notable changes within each of these entities of which you should be aware. These include:

The image gallery above, based on Modern Machine Shop magazine’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight, features a selection of the products we have recently published related laser and waterjet fabrication processes. Find more items in the product page of our Laser and Waterjet Zone.

Swipe through the gallery for details on each product, and follow the caption links for more information.

Make plans to catch one (or more) of the eight different Tech Talk educational sessions offered during the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS 2019), which runs April 2-4 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, Ohio. These free sessions, which will take place in the Tech Talk Theater located at the back of the show floor, are scheduled to last 30 minutes and highlight specific technologies and business strategies that can help your shop effectively produce precision turned and machined parts.

Skiving and Shaving, Similar but Not the Same
Speaker: John Detterbeck, President, Lester Detterbeck Enterprises
Real-world examples show how making the right selection between skiving and shaving will affect the outcome. Rules of thumb will be provided.

Gardner Intelligence, the research arm of Modern Machine Shop’s publisher Gardner Business Media, reviewed 67 publicly traded firms in the medical devices and medical instruments/supply industries. By mid-February, nearly 40 percent of those firms had reported fourth quarter results. Evaluating the fourth quarter data from a year ago, as well as on a 12/12 rate-of-change basis (comparing the last 12 months with the preceding 12 months), we see evidence of an industry that continues to perform well despite a myriad economic concerns, both domestic and international.

Interestingly, top-line revenue growth was more than double that of overall economic growth.  Among the firms analyzed, the average year-on-year, fourth quarter revenue growth was nearly 9 percent, with a median result of 6 percent. This is more than double the expected rate of 2.4 percent of overall U.S. economic growth that quarter, as reported by CNBC and Moody’s Analytics.

Additive manufacturing (AM) is now understood as a viable production option for the aerospace and medical industries, but what about automotive? Until recently, it was relegated to prototyping and small-volume production in this industry, the argument being that 3D printing could never provide the quantities of end-use parts required for the mainstream auto industry. 

With advances in technology and better understanding of AM overall, its role for automakers is changing. In January, sister publication Additive Manufacturing hosted the first Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Automotive (AMWA) at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit’s annual event for the auto industry. The event sold out its space in the Cobo Center, welcoming hundreds of automotive and 3D printing professionals.

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